How to Choose Pumpkins to Carve

Picking a Pumpkin for Carving

 Any type of pumpkin, gourd, or squash.  No matter what you choice, the pumpkin should be firm and healthy looking to make  for  great pumpkin carving

  • The  skin of the pumpkin  should be hard enough to protect it but  and firm enough to carve. The skin can help keep the carved pumpkin fresh for the holidays.
  • When you select a pumpkin, keep an eye out for gouges or blemishes. While dings and dents may give a pumpkin character, they also invite pests and encourage rotting.
  • Tap the pumpkin gently and listen for a slightly hollow sound.
  • Lifting the pumpkin will also give you a good idea of how dense it is. The heavier the pumpkin, the thicker the walls.
  • Thick walls block the candlelight and carving details will be lost. If you end up with a thick-walled one, you can shave the walls from the inside.
  • The shape is up to your own taste, but test it to see if your pumpkin  does not roll over when you try to display it.
  • The smaller pumpkin are great for kids to carve and to use as decorations. “Wee-B-Little,” “Baby Bear,” and the  cool looking white “Baby Boo” pumpkins.
  • White pumpkins, like “Lumina,”  are fun to paint  and most make great cooking pumpkins.

How to keep carved pumpkins fresh.

A freshly carved  jack-o’-lantern will start to dry  as soon as it is cut. But there are  ways to keep your carved pumpkin fresh and extend its life through Halloween.

  • Be sure to scrape and discard as much of the pulp  as possible.
  • Don’t use real candles to light it.
  • Clean the inside.
  • Clean with peppermint dish soap.
  • Give it a bleach-water bath after you carve it.
  • Place  it in a cool spot.
  • Spritz the pumpkin  with lemon water.
  • Protect it at from the  threat of frost.
  • Apply a tablespoon of floor wax to a water-dampened rag and apply to the shell. The wax will help sheld the pumpkins.